When: The first horse inspection, or jog, is on Wednesday, April 24. Dressage kicks off on Thursday, April 25, with the test ride at 8 a.m. and the first competitor will head down centerline at 8:30 a.m. The remaining pairs will finish their dressage on Friday, April 26, once again starting at 8:30 a.m. The draw order can be found here.
Cross-country day starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, and riders leave the start box every 4 minutes. For straight show jumping fans, a three-star show jumping competition will be held in the Rolex Stadium at 4:30 p.m.
The final day, Sunday, April 28, begins with the second horse inspection at 8 a.m. Riders will show jump in reverse order of merit, starting at 1 p.m. By about 3 p.m. there should be a winner, with an awards ceremony to follow.
Need someone to cheer for? Check out the Chronicle’s picks for the weekend.
Where you can watch: You can watch live streaming on the USEF Network. A USEF membership is required, but they’re running a fan membership promotion with the code lrk3de19.
How to follow along: The Chronicle is on site at the Kentucky Horse Park with three reporters to bring you everything you need to know at coth.com, so you don’t have to miss a minute of the action. You can find all of our coverage from the week here. You can also follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Who’s here: Currently 43 competitors are on the start list, and you can keep up with the withdrawals here. If you’ve glanced at the draw order, you’ll probably notice there’s a big name missing. Three-time winner Michael Jung will not be starting this year, but there are still lots of big names to root for—including last year’s winner Oliver Townend with Cooley Master Class.
There are plenty of people ready to challenge, including British rider Piggy French with her 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (North Carolina) mount Quarrycrest Echo. New Zealand’s Tim Price is the reigning Land Rover Burghley CCI5*-L (England) winner, and he’s bringing Xavier Faer to Kentucky in hopes that a win will keep his Rolex Grand Slam dreams alive. Australia’s Hazel Shannon has two five-star wins at Adelaide (Australia) with WillingaPark Clifford, and they’re making their Kentucky their first event abroad.
Phillip Dutton, who is the only former winner in the field other than Townend, brings just one horse this year, Z, whom he rode to fourth last year at Kentucky and to 13th at the WEG.
Buck Davidson once again holds the title of one of the busiest riders with three entered (Park Trader, Copper Beech and Jak My Style). Lauren Kieffer will ride Vermiculus and Paramount Importance, while Caroline Martin will tack up Danger Mouse and Islandwood Captain Jack.
Want to get to know them better? Go behind the stall door with us to meet several entries.
- Will Coleman’s Tight Lines
- Doug Payne’s Vandiver
- Hawley Bennett-Awad’s Jollybo
- Sara Gumbiner’s Polaris
- Andrea Baxter’s Indy 500
- Caroline Martin’s Islandwood Captain Jack
- Lauren Kieffer’s Vermiculus
- Liz Halliday-Sharp’s Deniro Z
- Lisa Marie Fergusson’s Honor Me
The Chronicle of the Horse will be on-site all week for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event bringing you reports from each round of competition, beautiful photos and stories from the competitors. Follow along with all of our coverage here, and be sure to read our May 20 Kentucky Results issue for more in-depth coverage and analysis of the event.
If you’re on-site at the Kentucky Horse Park, stop by the Chronicle’s booth #31, where you can pick up a copy of the April 22 Kentucky Preview issue, enter giveaways and attend book signings.